Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, founding partners of architectural design studio LOT-EK
, have won the 2014 Lawrence Israel Prize from the Fashion Institute of Technology
(FIT). Endowed by architect Lawrence J. Israel, the prize has been awarded every year since 1998 to an individual or firm whose ideas and work enhance FIT interior design students’ studies.
With offices in New York and Naples, Italy, LOT-EK has gained recognition for its adaptive reuse of industrial elements not initially intended for architecture. The firm’s work on Super Pier — currently under construction in New York City’s Meatpacking District — uses upcycled shipping containers for commercial, retail, and public spaces. Tolla and Lignano also have designed exhibitions and installations for leading cultural institutions and museums throughout the U.S.
The prize’s selection committee described LOT-EK as a “keen role model for all students of design, particularly the students at FIT” and “provocateurs crafting not just great works but defined new approaches to industrial artifacts to formulate a sustainable mode of operation.”
Tolla and Lignano will give a talk called “O+O (Objects and Operations)” on April 22 at 6 p.m. in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at FIT.